Pakistan win toss, opt to bat against South Africa in 3rd ODI


CENTURION: Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first against South Africa in the third one-day international series (ODI) at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
The five-match ODI series is levelled at 1-1 with both the teams hoping to take a lead.
Pakistan beat South Africa in the first ODI at St George’s Park as Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez set up a five-wicket win, but South Africa bounced back in the next ODI in Durban with Hendrick ‘Rassie’ van der Dussen and Andile Phehlukwayo securing a series-levelling win at Kingsmead.
Seeing as how Centurion is known as a batting paradise, a high scoring match can be expected between the two sides. There have been 17 totals of 300-plus scored on the ground in ODIs.
South Africa and Pakistan have clashed five times at Centurion. The Proteas have won three matches, while Pakistan have won the other two.
The Proteas have made three changes to the squad: Dale Steyn and Quinton de Kock are back, replacing Duanne Olivier and Heinrich Klaasen, while Dane Paterson has been replaced by in-form left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks who will be making his debut.
For Pakistan Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir are back in the playing XI.
Pakistan’s build-up to the game had been marred by skipper Sarfraz Ahmed making alleged racist remarks towards South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo in Tuesday’s match, in which Phehlukwayo took four wickets and hit an unbeaten 69. Sarfraz issued a general apology on Twitter and insisted his remarks were not directed to anyone in particular.
The third ODI also means a Steyn vs Hafeez contest. In 28 meetings between the two, Hafeez has scored 158 runs against Steyn while being dismissed a staggering 15 times.
Playing XI
South Africa: Reeza Hendricks, Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Faf du Plessis (captain), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi and Dale Steyn
Pakistan: Imam ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicket-keeper), Mohammad Amir, Hassan Ali and Shaheen Afridi


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